The world's first vertical forest city moves to China

Construction began on the town of Liuzhou Forest in the mountainous region of Guangxi, China. Designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti, the new underground city will accommodate up to 30,000 people in a master plan of ecologically efficient structures covered from top to bottom in plants and trees.

Liuzhou Forest City will contain all the essential typologies of the modern city - offices, homes, hotels, hospitals and schools - housed in a 175-hectare site near the Liujiang River. Using the company's vertical forest sign system, the facades of each building will be covered by plant life, with a total of 40,000 trees and nearly one million plants from more than 100 specified species.

This greening will benefit residents and the environment as passive cooling systems for interior spaces, acoustic barriers to protect the city from the neighboring highway and a micro-habitat supporting the region's lush biodiversity , Including plants, birds, insects and small animals. The system will also improve the air quality of the area as it is estimated to absorb 10,000 tonnes of CO2 and 57 tonnes of pollutants annually, producing about 900 tonnes of oxygen.

In addition to the advantages of planted facades, each building has been designed for energy self-sufficiency, geothermal systems providing indoor air conditions and solar panels on the roof providing a renewable energy source. Transportation to downtown Liuzhou will also use efficiency means, including a high-speed rail line and electric vehicles.

The forest city concept is based on the company's vertical forestry research, which resulted in the world's first completed vertical forestry tower in Milan, as well as plans for several other iterations throughout the world, including Including the Chinese cities of Nanjing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

With construction on Liuzhou Forest City underway, the project is expected to be completed in just 3 years, with a planned opening in 2020.

News via Stefano Boeri Architetti.